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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels Vol. 137, No. 89 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Thursday March 16, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 14 Pages Grand jury indicts woman for murder By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer A Spring Branch woman was indicted Wednesday by a Comal County grand jury on charges of shooting and killing her husband recently and attempting to murder him in June. In a session lasting until after 6 p.m., the grand jury handed up 15 indictments on 15 counts to ll persons. Virginia Mary Spccht remains in the Comal County jail in lieu of an $80,000 bond on the murder charge and a $50,000 bond for the attempted murder charge. She is charged with shooting Larry Wayne Specht, HCR I, Box 39B, in the back with a high-powered rifle March 2 while he was in his driveway. He died later that night during surgery at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio. The 44-year-old civil service worker at Kelly Air Force Base was en route to his home when he was shot at the entrance of his ranch, located off U.S. 281 North and FM 306. Mrs. Specht was also indicted on an attempted murder charge for shooting her husband in the shoulder in June, again as he was near his driveway. Other indictments returned by the grand jury were: •Carlos Mclgar of Open States Subdivision was indicted on two charges Wednesday including aggravated sex ual assault of a child and indecency with a child. Mclgar, 23, was arrested Jan. 25 along with his wife Virginia Mclgar, 46, for the abuse of a 6-year-old and 2-year-old child. •Joseph Allen Saldavar, 33, of San Antonio was indicted on charges of aggravated possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture. He was arrested in January when members of the Alamo Arca Narcotics Task Force stopped his 1984 Chevrolet pickup truck on Texas 46. See INDICTMENTS, Page 2 Good day Board approves The sun was expected to break    i    JU through the early morning clouds furlrlc for wator will be 62 degrees. The forecast M M    rn    rn    Tv w®-    M calls for more of the same for the weekend with early morning    New    Braunfels Utilities has been clouds followed by sunshine in    awarded funds to purchase surface the afternoons. The highs will be    watcr from Canyon Lake for its prop- around 80 degrees and the lows    oscd water treatment plant, will be in the mid 60s.    The    Edwards Underground Watcr District’s board of directors gave final Inside:    approval    of a $1.5 million contract for CLASSIFIED.  ........................12-14    the purchase of surface water for the COMICS—..................................10    NBU facility at a meeting Tuesday in CROSSWORD...............................3    San Antonio. The money will be pro- DEAR ABBY.................................6    vided to the utilities during a five-year HOROSCOPE..............................10    period to purchase 6,720 acre feet of KALEIDOSCOPE........................8-9    watcr per year from the Guadalupe- SPORTS..................................11-12    Blanco River Authority. Approxi- TV LISTINGS...............................10    matcly $300,787 has been allocated WEATHER.....................................2    f°r die watcr purchase per year. “I think this is a very positive move of the part of the Edwards,” said NBU General Manager Bob Sohn. ‘‘We’re The Gcrman-Amcrican Society    ^.proud lhe Edwards and the com- of New Braunfels will host the    munuyof New Braunfels for support- Bid Band - Blechschaden at    mg surface water. Heidelberg Halle Tuesday a. 7:30    d,S™    "I    ,C    “E p.m. Bid Band - Blechschaden is    WTS    per acre foot, with on tour of the United States and    NRU fundmg any increase rn the cost will play in Dallas and New York    over the span of the contract. State after leaving New Braunfels. Blechschaden was formed in 1977 in Luneburg, Germany, from a group of former students and friends of leader Dctlef Schult. From the beginning, the band has played Big Band and Jazz sounds. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students and are available at Centex Office Center, Henne Hardware, New Braunfels Juwelier and at the door. Proceeds will benefit the New Braunfels German-American Society’s scholarship fund which awards three scholarships each year to students who have shown a proficiency in the German language. For more information, call Helgard Suhr at 625-6330.... Stammtisch Sohn said NBU will pay GBRA when invoices arc received and then be reimbursed by Edwards Underground Watcr District. The watcr district is funding the project because it will result in reduced ptimpage from the Edwards Aquifer. The surface water plant will treat an additional 2,200 acre feet of water which will be withdrawn from the Guadalupe River. NBU is transferring its Comal River watcr rights to the Guadalupe River to get the additional watcr. Plans for the surface water facility are currently being designed and the project could go out for bids this spring. The Edwards Underground Watcr District conservation committee unanimously voted to recommend the Edwards Board approve the purchase in December and directors approved the funding Jan. 12. See WATER, Page 2 Committee Treed votes for nomination of Cheney Comal Garden Club is sponsoring a wildflower tour April 6. The bus will leave Walnut Square Shopping Center at 7:30 arn. and return at 4:30 p.m. Points of interest include Chapel Hill, Washington on the Brazos, The Antique Roses Nursery and what remains of the first Baylor University. Lunch will be at the Washington Inn. Price of the lour, including lunch, is $23.29. Reservations must be made by March 20. Call Betty Lou Rushing at 625-6362. Music with an international flair will be the program for a free concert to be given by Comal County Community Band Sunday at 4 pm. in the New Braunfels High School cafeteria. “We’ll also be playing some music for the Easter season,” said Dr. Ari en Tiekcn, director of the band The band is a cross-section of community residents ranging in age from their teens to their 80s. Bm STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 17-0 today to approve the nomination of Defense Secretary-designate Dick Cheney, a six-term congressman praised by the panel’s chairman for his “honor and integrity." The vote came exactly one week after the Senate rejected the nomination of former Texas Sen. John Tower and handed President Bush a major defeat in his first high-stakes clash with Congress. Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, said Wednesday that the full Senate probably would vote on the Cheney nomination Friday, before the Senate begins a two-week recess. The panel's chairman, Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., who led the fight against Tower, praised Cheney Wednesday as “well-qualified, a person of honor and integrity." The Wyoming congressman won wide popularity among his colleagues on Capitol Hill as House minority whip, die second-ranking Republican leadershiip post in the chamber. “We found nothing in the financial report, nothing in the FBI report, nothing in our questioning of hm that would in any way interfere with his ability to be secretary of defense, and I believe a successful secretary of defense," Nunn said. Harold Voges helps out his granddaughter Jessica Voges, a seventh- grade 4-H member from Smithson Valley Middle School, by moving her hogs through the pens to get weighed at the 21 st annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show. Market hogs and breeding swine arrived Wednesday at the county fairgrounds in preparation for the youth show. Swine judging starts today. Arriving today to be judged Friday are steers, lambs, goats, rabbits and poultry. Homemaking judging also is Friday. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Officials take tour of landfill By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer Waste Management Inc. is proud of Comal County Landfill and to show that pride, the firm invited city and county officials to tour the facility Wednesday. Since purchasing the landfill from the City of New Braunfels and Comal County July 24, 1987, Waste Manag-mcnt Inc. has worked to clean up the facility. New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller, City Manager Paul Grohman, Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo, City Councilmembers Amo Becker, Bill Arnold, and Eddie Temple were joined on the tour by Comal County Commissioners J.L. “Jumbo” Evans and Pat Hernandez. Tom Purdum, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and several city staff members also took the tour. “We wanted to improve service for our customers and general overall appearance for our neighbors,” said Jim Mcinholz, site manager. Hedges and a 6-foot chain link fence have been placed around the landfill and slopes are being worked from the outside in so people passing by will see grass instead of trash. Mcinholz said major changes created by Waste Management at the landfill are accessibility and appearance. In the future, he said, he hopes the landfill will have a citizens collce- See LANDFILL, Page 2 Tyler not to seek re-election Don Tyler has announced he will not seek re-election to the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees. Making die announcement at Tyler’s request Wednesday, CISD Superintendent Bill Brown said Tyler would not seek another term because his San Antonio-based building business has picked up. Tyler has served one thrcc-ycar term on the board. Brown made the announcement at a luncheon Wednes day which the district hosts monthly for media representatives. Incumbent Carter Casteel, currently board president, has filed for a place on the ballot in die May 6 election. She is joined by Martin L. Allen, district court administrator, and William “Bill" Smith, a San Antonio educator. Filing continues until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Two at-large positions on the board will be decided in the election. EUWD board names new general manager The Edwards Underground Watcr District board of directors has appointed Gordon M. Clark as the district’s new general manager. The decision announced Tuesday follows several months of deliberation between the board’s administration committee and Pierce & Keay and Associates, the personnel consulting firm hired by the district to facilitate the selection process. Clark, 49, will leave his position as director of the Northeast Service Center of the San Antonio City Water Board to assume his new role at the district as soon as possible. A civil engineer, Clark retired as full colonel after 27 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He served as District Engineer of the Corps’ Galveston District from 1985-1987. Clark is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and received a masters degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Challenges which will be facing the district as it moves through the rest of 1989 and into the 1990s are working for the passage of legislation to effectively manage the resources of the Edwards Aquifer, continuing comprehensive studies and investigations regarding the nature and limitations of the Edwards Aquifer, and participating with others in the region in the further development of the Regional Water Resources Plan. FBI checking claims of bomb responsibility For the past two weeks, employees at Schwab s Tree Care have been pruning trees, such as this very tall specimen, at Landa Park. The parks department had $3,500 with which to work on the trees this season and by Easter, Bruno Schwab estimates he will have completed about half of the 900 trees in the park. Some of the trees, especially the ones near the playground, have never received any care. SAN DIEGO (AP) —The FBI says it is checking into claims by a radio station caller that a group called Guardians of the Islamic Revolution planted the bomb that destroyed a van driven by the wife of the USS Vincennes skipper. Meanwhile, trustees at the private school where the skipper’s wife teaches scheduled an emergency meeting today in response to parents’ concern about student safety if Sharon Rogers returns to her fourth-grade classroom. The caller, who spoke with a Middle Eastern accent and claimed to be a member of the group, linked Friday’s car bombing to last July’s downing of an Iranian jetliner by a missile fired from the Vincennes, the radio station said. All 290 people aboard of the jet were killed when Capt. Will C. Rogers III gave the order to fire in the belief the aircraft was an attacking warplane. The caller to Los Angeles radio station KNX on Wednesday also SM BOMBING, Page 2 NBC A supporters run circles around fundraiser The third annual Jog-A-Thon at New Braunfels Christian Academy March IO appears to have been a success, thanks to sponsors who supported the students and other participants as they jogged to raise money for the school. See Page 8 Morw 10/22/99    l{)i- SO-WEST    MTCPOP'JBLI3H7NG 2201 BROOKHOLLOW PL*- SUITE 300    _    ,    »a, APLINGTON, T _ Hunting returns to Texas in the form of the spring turkey season, which begins on April I. Now is the time hunters should begin scouting locations for the elusive bird. See Page 12 Child care plan taking on partisan overtones WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Bush administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress are vying furiously to gain credit for helping American families afford satisfactory child care. See Page 6 c I ;